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2017, Cilt 7, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 247-255
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2017.204
Quantitative Changes in Higher Education Between 1999-2015 in Turkey
Leyla YILMAZ FINDIK1, Suzan Beyza KAPTI2, Nagihan BOZTUNÇ ÖZTÜRK1, Eren Halil ÖZBERK1, Yüksel KAVAK3
1Hacettepe University, Rektorate, Ankara, Turkey
2Ankara University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum, Ankara, Turkey
3Hacettepe University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Higher education, Quantitative changes, Expansion

Education is the key factor to build and sustain the future of nations and it stands at the center for smart and sustainable growth. Investing on education especially on higher education, is essential for growth and employment as a more skilled and well educated workforce will support further productivity gains, innovation and wealth. Correspondingly, this results in growing and diversifying of higher education system in all countries to compete world-wide in recent decades. The Turkish higher education system has been facing an unprecedented transformation in the last decade. This transformation has been driven by economic and demographic changes. Higher education in Turkey is changing and opening up to increase in size and to respond to increasing demands from society with the efforts of competing in world-wide. The aim of this study is to investigate the quantitative changes in higher education in Turkey shedding light on the expansion in terms of universities, institutions, students, academic staff and schooling ratio in the last fifteen years starting from 1999 till 2015. The results indicate that Turkey has seen a rapid expansion and a substantial rise in the number of enrollment rate in higher education since 1999 but still not enough when compared to OECD countries.

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